Herman Kling

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Person.png Herman Kling   IMDBRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, diplomat)
Kling (at far right) at the signing of a Nordic treaty in 1962.
Born12 July 1913
Västanfors, Fagersta, Sweden
Died16 June 1985 (Age 71)
Alma materStockholm University
PartySwedish Social Democratic Party
Swedish diplomat. Attended Bilderberg 1963 as Minster of Justice.

Employment.png Sweden/Minister/Justice

In office
27 November 1959 - 1969
Attended Bilderberg 1963

Erik Herman Kling was a Swedish politician and diplomat. He was a member of the Riksdag for the Swedish Social Democratic Party and as Minister for Justice from 1959 to 1969, when he attended the 1963 Bilderberg meeting. Kling served as ambassador in Copenhagen from 1969 to 1973 and in Lisbon from 1973 to 1979.

Early life

Kling was born on 12 July 1913 in Västanfors, Sweden, the son of August Kling and his wife Hilda (née Östling). He passed studentexamen in 1933 and received a Candidate of Law degree in Stockholm in 1938.[1]


Kling worked as an extraordinary notary in Stockholm City Court in 1938 and he became an assistant (amanuens) in 1941. He then worked as acting assessor in 1942, as vice assessor in 1946 and as head of the Lagbyrå in the Ministry of Agriculture in 1945. Kling worked as an Acting Director General for Administrative Affairs (expeditionschef) in 1947 and as State Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Affairs in 1950. He was then Director General and head of the Swedish Agency for Administrative Development (Statskontoret) from 1956, minister without portfolio from 1957 to 1959 and Minister for Justice and head of the Ministry of Justice from 1959 to 1969.[1] During his ten years as Minister for Justice, Kling presented several notable laws, the most important of which were the preparations for the new constitutional laws, which, however, were adopted after his resignation. The Penal Code, the Copyright Act, the Land Code (Jordabalken) also derive from his time, as well as the Child Welfare Act (1960:97), the Act with special provisions regarding the care of young persons (Lag med särskilda bestämmelser om vård av unga, LVU) and the introduction of social central boards. He was succeeded by Lennart Geijer as Minister for Justice, in connection with all ministers requesting dismissal on the resignation of Prime Minister Tage Erlander and Olof Palme's accession on 9 October 1969.[2] Kling was then appointed ambassador and head of the Embassy of Sweden in Copenhagen from 1969 to 1973 and as ambassador in Lisbon from 1973 to 1979.[3]

Kling served as chairman of the Board of Governors (Riksgäldsfullmäktige) of the Swedish National Debt Office from 1952 to 1956, of AB Atomenergi from 1956, as vice chairman of Sveriges allmänna hypoteksbank from 1954 to 1957 and as a member of the Första kammaren from 1962 to 1969.[3]

Personal life

In 1944, Kling married Karin Kropp (born 1919), the daughter of William Kropp and Asta (née Floberg). They had one child: Peter (born 1945).[1]

Kling died on 13 June 1985 in Malmö.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/196329 March 196331 March 1963France
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The 12th Bilderberg meeting and the second one in France.
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  1. a b c http://runeberg.org/vemarvem/sthlm62/0727.html
  2. Anno. [19]69 (in Swedish). Malmö: Corona. 1969. p. 48f. SELIBR 8263023
  3. a b http://runeberg.org/vemardet/1985/0594.html
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